Canada non-commercial bird flock euthanized for bird flu

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by lgslgs, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. lgslgs

    lgslgs Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2005
    Southeast Ohio
    Canada non-commercial bird flock euthanized for bird flu - and a second back yard flock quarantined.

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canada is investigating a second backyard poultry flock for bird flu, although all birds remain healthy, authorities said on Sunday.

    "A quarantine has been instituted at that premise and it's because there's been contact either with live birds or through foot traffic and potential contamination with the original infected farm," said Canadian Food Inspection Agency veterinarian Jim Clark.

    The CFIA announced on Friday it had detected a case of H5 avian flu in a gosling from a backyard poultry flock after four goslings died, in the eastern province of Prince Edward Island.

    Test results are expected on Tuesday, to confirm if the virus is a North American or Asian strain. If there is enough virus present, the CFIA will be able to determine whether it is a high or low pathogen strain.

    "There's no direct evidence that the influenza virus was the cause of the problem in the four birds that died," Clark added.

    All birds on the second farm, adjacent to the original farm, remain healthy and the CFIA has taken some swab samples to determine if the virus exists on that farm.

    The noncommercial flock of 35 to 40 ducks, geese and chickens on the original farm were euthanized by the CFIA on Friday.

    Clark said he was not aware of any human illness linked to the virus.

    The CFIA has said there is no evidence the case involves the high-pathogen H5N1 strain that has spread to 48 countries since 2003. H5N1 has not been discovered in the Americas.

    Just thought you all would want to know.

  2. heritagefarmer

    heritagefarmer Belties are Best!

    Apr 30, 2006
    Prince Edward Island
    I'd heard that, pretty scary, even though we are right at the other end of PEI. (which is only 100 miles BTW- end to end)
    We're getting our 50 layers tomorrow and 100 broilers next week, hope we get to keep 'em :shrug:

  3. Freeholder

    Freeholder Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2004
    Can you keep them indoors or completely enclosed, so they can't have any contact with wild birds? Friends of ours here in Oregon have already done that with their laying flock (about fifty birds), and I'm working on getting my handful of chickens, ducks, and geese enclosed. I think it's what we are going to have to do, if we want to keep our birds.

  4. sullen

    sullen Question Answerer

    Oct 14, 2004
    Am I gonna have to hide my turkeys???? I will. I got a big basement!
  5. Dink

    Dink Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    North Carolina
    Canada Widens Measures to Stem Bird Flu on Island (Update2)
    June 19 (Bloomberg) -- Canada widened quarantine measures to contain bird flu on Prince Edward Island, where an infected gosling was found on a farm last week.

    Tests are under way to check if the virus is the H5N1 strain that has killed more than 140 million poultry and at least 129 people, mainly in Asia. A neighboring property was quarantined to prevent a spread of the virus, identified as an H5 subtype of avian influenza, Marc Richard, a spokesman for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, said yesterday.

    ``The neighbor also has chickens, and since it's a contagious disease, we've gone in, ordered them not to move, have taken samples from the chickens and sent those off to the lab to be analyzed,'' Richard said in a phone interview from Ottawa. ``There is zero indication of disease'' on the second farm.

    Animal health officials worldwide are monitoring for H5N1, described by some scientists as the most lethal avian flu strain yet recorded, which has spread to almost 40 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa this year. Diseased fowl increase the risk for humans and create more opportunity for the virus to mutate into a pandemic form capable of killing millions of people.

    The H5N1 virus has infected at least 227 people in 10 countries since late 2003, the Geneva-based World Health Organization said on June 16.

    Almost all human cases have been linked to close contact with sick or dead birds, such as children playing with them or adults butchering them or plucking feathers, according to the WHO. Thorough cooking of meat and eggs kills the virus.

    Hungarian Cull

    Hungarian officials slaughtered 3,000 more domestic poultry over the weekend on concern they were exposed to the virus, the Magyar Nemzet newspaper reported today, citing Miklos Suth, Hungary's chief veterinarian.

    A farmer in the southern town of Szank raised the alarm after noticing one of his geese behaved strangely, according to the report. Veterinary officials culled all 700 birds at the farm and 2,300 others in a one-kilometer (0.62 mile) radius, the newspaper said.

    In Indonesia, which reported its 50th human case last week, authorities must cull more poultry to arrest bird flu. The disease has spread across two-thirds of the country's provinces and killed more than one person a week this year.

    ``We have to do more preemptive culling, there's no alternative,'' said Tri Satya Putri Naipospos, vice chairwoman of a government-appointed committee on avian and pandemic influenza. Laws are needed to force farmers to slaughter infected flocks and poultry at risk of infection, she told reporters today in the capital, Jakarta.

    Human Risk

    The government's strategy of using vaccines, disinfecting coops and incinerating dead birds hasn't prevented the H5N1 avian influenza strain from becoming endemic in the country of 1.3 billion poultry.

    This week, Indonesian officials will meet representatives from United Nations agencies, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Epicentre France and Japan's National Institute for Infectious Diseases to assess the country's avian flu situation. Health experts will be asked to provide recommendations to the government and develop strategies for the rapid response and containment of outbreaks, the WHO said last week.

    The H5N1 virus is one of 16 H5 subtypes. Only viruses of the H5 and H7 subtypes are known to cause the highly pathogenic form of the disease. Not all viruses of the H5 and H7 subtypes are highly pathogenic and not all will cause severe disease in poultry, according to the WHO. The United Nations health agency said H5 and H7 viruses are probably introduced to poultry flocks in their low pathogenic form. When allowed to circulate in poultry populations, the viruses can mutate, usually within a few months, into the highly pathogenic form.